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>> pelley: home-grown terror: a startling courtroom confession today in colorado. and in the san bernardino case, the killers started planning online, under the radar, even before they started dating. >> i'm sorry. >> pelley: an apology from the mayor of chicago can't stop demands for his resignation. trump throws the g.o.p. into turmoil. and a medical breakthrough-- a new way to make puppies. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. tonight there are major developments in two terror cases. the f.b.i. says that planning for the san bernardino massacre began much earlier than first thought, and late today in
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colorado, the man charged last month with murdering three at a planned parenthood clinic made a startling courtroom confession. first we'll go to barry petersen in colorado springs. >> reporter: well, scott, robert dear kept up a stream of outbursts of the charges he faces. >> let's let it all come out. >> reporter: "i am guilty. there will be no trial. i am a warrior for the babies." there were more outbursts after the judge allowed cameras to be turned on, including this one. >> ...the truth, huh? kill the babies. that's what planned parenthood does. >> reporter: scott, the public defender wants dear examined for competency before they even begin talking about when to schedule a preliminary hearing. >> pelley: barry petersen in colorado tonight, thank you.
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now, in the san bernardino attacks, we learned tonight that the two killers, american syed farook, and his pakistani wife, tashfeen malik, may have had help from a third suspect. jan crawford is following the case. >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey told congress the couple's radicalization goes back years. >> as early as the end of 2013, they were talking to each other about jihad and martyrdom, before they became engaged and then married and lived together in the united states. >> reporter: in fact, the radicalization could include enrique marquez, a friend who is related to farook by marriage. the u.s. official tells cbs news the f.b.i. is investigating whether farook and marquez were planning a violent attack as far back as 2012, and discussed buying weapons. but a round of terrorism arrests in california in late 2012, may have scuttled the alleged plan. marquez eventually bought the two assault weapons used in last week's attack and now is being questioned by f.b.i. over what he may have known about farook
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and malik's plans. the f.b.i. says the couple was on the path to radicalization even before isis rose to power, and before malik entered the united states last year to marry farook on a visa that required an extensive background check. at the hearing, new york democrat chuck schumer asked if there were missed warnings. >> how come we didn't know about these communications before the attacks? >> reporter: south carolina republican lindsey graham asked whether their ma was part of the plot. >> is there any evidence that this marriage was arranged by a terrorist organization or terrorist operative? >> i don't know the answer to that yet. >> do you agree with me that if it was arranged by a terrorist operative or organization, that's a game changer? >> it would be a very, very important thing to know. >> reporter: now, sources tell cbs news the justice department is looking to charge marquez, who provided some of the guns used in last week's attack, with material support for terrorism. scott, as the investigation continues, there could be other charges.
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>> pelley: jan crawford in washington. jan, thanks. today, carter evans met some of those who were first at the scene of last wednesday's assault, which killed 14 and wounded 21. >> reporter: detective brian lewis was the among first officers on the scene. >> approaching the building, we knew that we were probably outgunned. >> the rooms looked like chaos, trash thrown everywhere, food everywhere, tables and chairs broken, people laying on the floor. >> looking at all the victims inside, and some people were laying there... some people were crying. some people were screaming. >> it felt odd to step past some of them, knowing that we had to find the gunmen inside. >> reporter: outside paramedics set up triage for the wounded. >> we were doing our best to
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comfort them and tell them that they were safe. >> this is absolutely the worst thing that i've encountered in my career. >> reporter: back inside, detective jorge lazano was helping with evacuations. >> there was a female there with a small child, an eight-year-old little boy that was just terrified, just shivering almost, shaking like a leaf, and i said what i said: >> reporter: by then the killers were already gone. later, when police cornered their black s.u.v., the couple olred 76 rounds at officers behind them and nicholas koahou was shot in the leg. >> i did not know who was in the back of that car shooting at us. >> reporter: so you know now that was tashfeen firing at you. >> i do now. >> reporter: crisis councilors have been working with police and firefighters since the attack, and even though first responders were here within
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minutes of the shooting, scott, they say their biggest regret is that they weren't here in time to stop the massacre. >> pelley: carter evans at the scene of the assault. carter, thanks. now french police today identified another of the isis terrorists who attacked in paris last month. seven have now been named, but three are still unidentified. elizabeth palmer is in the french capital. >> reporter: 23-year-old foued aggad, a french citizen, joined isis in syria in 2013. ( gunfire ) but then somehow he slipped back into france and helped to gun down 90 music fans at the bataclan concert hall before being killed at the scene. the police had no idea who aggad was until his mother got a text from syria saying her son had been killed on the 13th of november, the day of the attack. that led forensic teams to match d.n.a. samples of the body found in the bataclan to samples
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provided by the aggad family. only one of the core group of paris attackers is still alive. salah abdeslam escaped and is presumed to be on the way, or even already in syria. also still alive and on the wanted list are all those who provided support, says the anti- terrorism consultant jean charles brisard. >> probably more than 20 individuals have been involved in one way or another in terms of providing logistics, support, transportation, financing for this attack. >> reporter: one such suspect is mohamed abrini, seen on surveillance video in a car two days before the attack. with more than 2,000 property searches in less than a month and more than 250 arrests, the pressure is on anybody in france who has been to syria or who has links to extremist, but there are more than 10,000 of them. so the french intelligence
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services would have to grow by what, double, triple, to handle the problem? >> at least. to be sufficient we need around 20 to 30 agents to follow 24 hours a day, for one single individual. >> reporter: scott, to add to the stress, french intelligence think isis will try more attacks in france to make themselves look strong, but above all to distract from the fact that in iraq and syria, at the moment they are steadily losing ground. >> pelley: liz palmer reporting for us tonight in paris, liz, thanks. it was paris and san bernardino that led republican presidential front-runner donald trump to call for a ban on muslims entering the united states. major garrett tells us tonight that has thrown the party into turmoil. >> thank you. >> reporter: donald trump says his proposal is about keeping the country safe and not about religion. >> are you a bigot? >> not at all, probably the least of anybody you've ever
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met. >> because? >> because i'm not. i'm a person that has common sense. i'm a smart person. i know how to run things. >> reporter: but republicans fear a trump nomination could alienate minority and women voters the party has been trying to reach since its 2012 presidential election loss. >> i think trump should quit. >> reporter: illinois republican adam kinzinger, who backs jeb, fears trump would hurt other g.o.p. candidates. >> it could easily cost republicans at least the majority in the senate and some seats in the house. >> reporter: but republicans disagree on how to defeat trump. wisconsin governor scott walker, who dropped out of the presidential race in september, said other candidates need to follow his lead to consolidate the anti-trump vote. >> i have signed the pledge. >> reporter: in september trump signed a loyalty pledge to the g.o.p., but today threatened to rip it up, renewing republican fears that he could take support away from the eventual nominee by running as a third party candidate.
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>> if i don't get treated fairly, i would certainly consider that. >> reporter: there are no signs republicans still in the race will quit, and most have said they will back trump if he is the nominee. scott, top republicans tell us they are waiting for the so- called trump problem to solve itself, but they have no idea how or when that solution will come. >> pelley: major garrett, thanks. trump was trumped today by german chancellor angela merkel. "time" chose her over him as person of the year. time praised merkel's moral leadership, but trump responded saying she's "ruining germany." protesters filled the streets of chicago today, rejecting mayor rahm emanuel's apology for the fatal police shooting of 17- year-old laquan mcdonald. an officer was charged with that murder more than a year after the shooting. dean reynolds is in chicago. ( chanting )
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>> reporter: with protesters clogging downtown chicago and calling for his resignation, the embattled, emotional and contrite mayor stood before the city council and offered a remedy to the turmoil that is gripping his city. >> we need a painful but honest reckoning of what went wrong. ( chanting and shouts ) >> calm down, sir! >> reporter: outrage has grown since the release of police dash cam video showing what a white policemen shooting a black teenager 16 times. releases of other police killings have reawakened historic complaints of police brutality. demonstrator rosemary vega: >> getting rahm to resign doesn't mean our work is over. getting rahm to resign means our work is just getting started. >> reporter: emanuel's administration fought the release of these videos. now he says, that was wrong. >> every day we held on to the video, contributed to the public's distrust. and that needs to change.
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>> reporter: but the problems go deeper here, and emanuel touched on a root cause when he recalled being asked a question recently by a young black man. >> he said, "do you think the police would ever treat you the way they treat me?" and the answer is "no." and that is wrong. and that has to change in this city. that has to come to an end, and now. >> reporter: now the mayor says he won't resign, and the protesters out on the street tonight say they won't quit until he does. scott, it's a test of wills with no middle ground. >> pelley: dean reynolds, thanks. the first of six baltimore cops to be tried in the death of freddie gray took the witness stand today. >> he suffered a spinal injury during a 45 minute ride in a police van and died a week later. porter testified that he did not
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call for a medic because gray never gave him a medical reason. parts of the pacific northwest are over their typical rain totals for december already. more than a foot of -ain has flooded roads and set off mud slides. ben tracy is in washington. >> the pacific west is no stranger to rain. just not this much this fast. landslides are blocking roadways and slamming into homes, even search and rescue vehicles are swamped. >> came up and wouldn't stop. >> hendrickson lives in columm. >> washington, submerged under several inches of water, it was flooded and the fire station next door had to be evacuated. >> how fast did this happen? >> it came up fairly quickly. over, probably a three hour period, four hour period. >> also the town was flooded. >> yes. it was crazy. >> this pacific storm has dumped
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a foot and a half of rain in some plays. high winds toppled the tree on this portland ore ghosn home killing a 60-year-old woman. a tree fell on her back door. >> what were you doing when it happened and what did it sounds like? >> my daughter a, my youngest daughter thought it was an earthquake, just kind of a big bang, the whole house shook. >> the ground is now saturated and another storm system is expected to move in tonight and there is even more rain in the future this weekend. when ben tracy, cbs news, colima washington. >> a new study finds that america's middle class is struggling and shrinking. and a debut of the holiday classic 50 years ago tonight. when the western edition of the cbs evening news continues. >>
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>> pelley: today a new study grabbed our attention. the middle class is no longer the majority in america. in 1971, 61% were considered
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middle class. now that's down to 50%. anthony mason tells us why. >> reporter: meredith reilly, a 37-year-old social worker in new jersey, used to think of herself as middle class. >> it was a good life. it really was. it was wonderful. and now if i don't go to work, i don't get paid. >> reporter: her county job, which paid about $50,000 a year, was eliminated in the recession. a single mother of two, reilly now works three part-time jobs and makes less money. >> i think the toughest part is not preparing a future for my children, that my parents prepared for me. >> reporter: barely half of adults are now middle-income earners, defined as a household making between $42,000 and $126,000 annually. the percentage has been falling steadily since 1971. richard fry, who co-authored a new pew research study, says
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that, as the middle class has hollowed out, the upper-income bracket has grown from 14% to 21% of americans. that upper class now takes home nearly half of all annual income in the u.s., 49%, up from 29% in 1970. >> it's not that the middle americans are worse off, it's that they're falling behind relative to upper-income adults. >> reporter: the lower-income tier has also grown from 16% to 20% since 1970. meredith reilly's been among them since she was laid off. she has a college degree and a master's, but little hope. >> i just don't feel like the jobs are out there, that are going to put me back to where i was. >> reporter: the pew study found the great recession hit the middle class especially hard, scott. their median wealth fell by 28% between 2001 and 2013. >> pelley: anthony mason, thank you, anthony. some of the best seats in baseball are the most dangerous.
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>> pelley: major league baseball called today for more protective netting, fans have been hurt by line drive fouls, one in boston in june, another in detroit, in september. the recommendation is for nets to extend 70 feet on each side of home plate to protect fans and, at field level seats. this one is for the boomers: 50 years ago tonight in the days of black and white, the announcer told kids that "the munsters" was being preempted by something special. >> cbs presents this program in color. ♪ christmastime is here >> pelley: "a charlie brown christmas" was an instant hit. 30 million saw it and it became a classic. >> that's what christmas is all about, charlie brown.
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>> pelley: well, snoopy would be interested in our final story: a whole new answer to where beagles come from. next. >> this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by pacific life. for life insurance, annuities and investments, choose pacific life: the power to help you succeed.
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the debate. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special >> pelley: as promised, we end with a medical breakthrough. a new way to make puppies. jim axelrod now, with a man- breeds-dog story. >> reporter: in upstate new york, alex travis is walking his two colorfully named beagles, red and green. >> you guys are so cute. >> reporter: but these are no ordinary dogs, and he's no ordinary dog-walker. travis is a researcher at
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cornell university's vet school, and red and green are two of the first-ever test tube puppies. >> the litter came from three separate moms who gave the eggs and two separate dads. >> reporter: in vitro fertilization, fertilizing an egg with a sperm in a lab, then implanting the embryo in a surrogate, has been around for humans since the late 1970s. but researchers like travis only recently figured out how to make it work with canines. dog reproduction is different than almost every other mammal. >> so this we think will have a lot of applications in veterinary medicine for animals that are valuable working dogs or show dogs or just animals that people love and want to breed. >> reporter: it's not just genetic lines like best in show that could benefit, but entire breeds like collies known for eye problems, dalmatians prone to urinary stones and golden retreivers susceptible to certain cancers could be helped.
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>> we can use new technologies in gene editing, and we can use that to try to fix those defects and prevent the disease before it even starts. >> reporter: red and green were among seven i.v.f. puppies born this past july. travis loves what his research has brought into his life. >> i love them very much. they just need a little more house breaking, though. >> reporter: though some traits, even science might find a challenge to correct. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. new protests tonight over a deadly police shooting and new questions about the mayor's call to change the way san francisco police do their jobs. protestors have swarmed san francisco's city hall vowing to take over tonight's police commission meeting. they are angry about last week's deadly officer-involved shooting in the bayview. tonight the chief plans to renew his call to arm officers with tasers but phil matier says the department is pushing back against a policy change the mayor is pushing. phil. >> reporter: that's right. we're here at city hall where the police commission is meeting. it's the room upstairs that's already packed and so is the hallways, the overflow crowd here. it remains to see if this commission meeting even gets started or shut down.
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but it's not just the protestors against the police activities that has the mayor on the hot seat. the police union a strong supporter of the mayor isn't happy about his new call for minimum standard and minimum pushing for use of violence in con fronting a violent situation. here's the story. [ gunfire ] >> oh, my god! >> they have a knife. we have guns. is there something less than the use of the guns that could be considered? >> reporter: the mayor's call for minimum use of force is already being pushed back by the police union. >> if somebody, uhm, with a knife and advancing on you, you don't start out with pepper spray. if they are advancing on you with an edged weapon in a close proximity, you start out with a firearm. that's reasonable for that situation. >> it's about saving a life that perhaps doesn't have to be if we can use alternatives. >> to say

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